Written by: Brenda Pomponio
Ever thought of hitting the road and escaping the city life for just a weekend? Well, there is something magical about the springtime in the High Country. The lush greenery still catches the morning dew, the sun perches in the arches of the day not yet at the full height of summer and everyone seems – happy.
La Dolce Vita Festival by Wines of the King Valley
The Wines of the King Valley choose this very special time in the calendar to host a very special festival to celebrate and honour the family wineries of the region – to celebrate the Italian Spirit. The history of migrant Italian families that moves to the High Country and settled on land soon realised that their fortune in winemaking was about to begin. King Valley is situated about 3 hours drive north of Melbourne or 4 hours from Canberra in Victorias High Country – an idyllic location for embracing the sweet life.
The surrounding wineries all have something unique to offer and for one weekend in November, they hold a festival. A festival that celebrates the Springtime, a new vintage and the food and culture of all that this region has been enriched with because of the fertile soil. We pay homage to recipes passed down through generations by savouring the delights of handmade gnocchi or learning about the fine art of wine blending. It’s a time for all the family to enjoy a weekend out.
Each of the 11 participating wineries brings its own flair to this festival. Stroll through a market at La Catina to stock up on homemade produce and enjoy that first coffee for the morning whilst the kids run around for a quick game of ping pong. At Pizzini Winery, the stage is set for an enchanting afternoon listening to music whilst basking in the spring sunshine and sipping that first wine for the day. Will you discover a new favourite? The children are not forgotten although if my memory serves me right, I think us adults enjoyed the giant Jenga just as much as the children. If your children require more action, there is plenty with a dedicated space for creating, dancing and roaming entertainment.
The Italian embrace the family as a whole unit and this is evident in their approach to this festival. The program for each winery means participants can be as active or subdued as the day demands for them. For us? We were happy with a few tastings, indulging in great food, enjoying music in the outdoors and having family fun. If you want more action, you can purchase a bus pass and get driven to each location or better still use your ticket across both days (for those with serious FOMO).
Attending the festival is as easy as securing a ticket online which is only $25 for adults which gives you a tasting glass for the day and access to all venues. A festival that celebrates the achievements of the region, the Italian influence of the winemakers and a family festival everyone can enjoy.
I can tell you we all ended our day with full bellies and happy hearts celebrating wonderful family businesses true Italian style.
La Dolce Vita Festival
17th + 18th November
King Valley Wineries
You can buy tickets for the La Dolce Vita Festival